My Birthday Wish: The Journey for 12 women

Last year, on this day, I sat on this same red couch and took a big leap of faith. I asked you to join me in supporting the City Harvest School of Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy, based on the outskirts of a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Little did I know that seven months later I’d […]

Guess I’m a little busy writing over at SheLoves magazine these days. I won’t lie, I love today’s story about Marcy and the Linwood House Art Experience: How Marcy Became an Artist. Marcy is pictured on the far left here with friends and fellow artists, as well as Gwen McVicker (third from the right), president […]

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The Journey: A Lesson in Pure Joy

Two weeks ago Linwood House Ministries held a summertime Journey, a three-day retreat for women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This time their theme was “summer vacation.” “We packed everything we could think of that said ‘vacation’ into three days–reading, napping, nature, a trip to the local movie theatre, the creation of memory boxes to capture […]

The Great Room: You feel the Love …

Elizabeth was my first Downtown Eastside hug many years ago and she’s a friend. This weekend she has also been my own personal “radical hostess,” showing me around her community. The Great Room, the sacred space run by Linwood House Ministries, is a big part of her life here and I love what she’s got […]

The City's for Sale

Got to hang out with Jacynta this morning. “I am just called to love people,” she told me over breakfast at The Ovaltine Cafe, a greasy spoon on East Hastings. Then we went back to my sis-in-law’s place and Jacynta sang a few of her songs, including this one. Watch this girl.